You’re doing well lad – In the name of Thiago – Day 206


It turns out that I’m not all that great at taking compliments. With me being off work yesterday, somewhat bizarrely they’d been racking up in my absence. So, as I logged back in this morning there was an array of emails from many of the high and the mighty saying how thrilled they were with the way that the virtual pride event that I had hosted on Saturday had gone.


I’m so overly critical of myself at times. I remember thinking on Saturday that I’d made a bit of a botch of the intro for the programme. I watched it back this morning and I couldn’t have been more wrong. Okay, so there was a slight bit of repetition but no more than you would expect from a reasonably competent broadcaster, which is what I see myself as.



The important thing that doing that programme achieved was showing people that I’m not afraid to take a risk. No-one asked me to take that job on, but I saw an opportunity and convinced the people that I needed to, that I could do it. I’m not going to rest on my laurels, but I feel as if my stock has risen a little. The important thing now is to build on that positivity and see what I can achieve next.


In a weird way, I didn’t want to finish work. Although I’d had a very positive day yesterday making preparations for my walk this summer, I knew that I wasn’t quite in the right frame of mind to be doing anything on that front today. I made some decent inroads with my planning yesterday but when I checked my bank balance this morning I realised that any more train journeys/accommodation bookings would need to wait until I get paid again.



That’s the really ironic thing. The problem with doing this fundraiser is that it ends up being quite a costly affair. But you know what, I wouldn’t ever have it any other way. Ultimately, every pound raised and every step taken will be creating the most incredible legacy, which I will very proudly be able to reflect on when l look back on my life many years from now.


It’s the most brutal thing that it needed such a horrendous life experience to make me take on such a potentially life-changing challenge, but I am doing it and that is the important thing. The charities are happy, and I am happy to be giving this my all. It’s less than a couple of months away now and I need to really get my focus right. I’m on it!



Angélica has had the slow cooker out today and we’ve all enjoyed some good honest fare. She’s back at work tomorrow and Thursday before we head down to Eastbourne to see my brother on Friday. I’m really looking forward to seeing Judd and his girlfriend Livi, and Elisa really loves spending time with my far more adventurous younger brother. There’s been talk of kayaking on Saturday, which would be brilliant and something I know Elisa would relish.


I almost forgot – a very weird thing happened last night. Angélica and I actually went out and had a beer together at the Gresley Arms in Alsagers Bank. Well in my case it was two beers. As well as relaxing together, we also met and chatted to a few of the locals where I got another couple of watering hole tips that I hope to follow up on in due course!


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